Chapter 176 of the Local Government Code requires that Mayors, Council members, City Managers or Administrators, and certain other City Officials (all referred to as "City Officer" on this page) must file a "conflicts disclosure statement" with a City's Records Administrator, traditionally the City Secretary, within 7 days of becoming aware of either of the following situations.
A city officer or the officer's family member has an employment or business relationship that results in taxable income with a person who has contracted with the city or with whom the city is considering doing business.
A city officer or the officer's family member receives and accepts one or more gifts with an aggregate value of $250 in the preceding 12 months from a person who conducts business or is being considered for business with the officer's city.
The bill also requires a vendor that wishes to conduct business or be considered for business with a city to file a "conflict of interest questionnaire."
Failure to File
The bill provides that failure to file the statement or questionnaire is punishable as a class C misdemeanor.
The Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) created the following forms: